After rejecting an opportunity to start last Saturday at home against the Boston Celtics, Larry Sanders has agreed to take on the challenge according to the Milwaukee Bucks PR Department Twitter feed:
Larry Sanders will be starting tonight for the @Bucks. MILvSAS
Here’s what Sanders had to say about starting last Saturday.
I embrace that role, coming off the bench and trying to provide energy whether we’re down or up. Trying to get the lead or push the lead up. I embrace that role, so that’s where I plan on staying.
Apparently, plans have changed, possibly due to Sanders 22 blocks over his past three games. According to the aforementioned Bucks PR Department, that’s a franchise best.
Sanders started 12 games in his rookie season and zero last season. This will be Milwaukee’s fifth different starting lineup in its past eight games. Sanders will likely be paired with Ekpe Udoh, forming what could be a defensively formidable front court. This could potentially be the last change in center or power forward the Bucks could have for some time.
The Sanders/Udoh two man pairing has a very solid 90 defensive rating in 186 minutes this season and a not so sterling 84.9 offensive rating. Matching them with Marquis Daniels at the three could make for some interesting offensive possessions, but could give the Bucks the attention to detail they have been lacking lately.
Meanwhile, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Jackson and Patty Mills are out for the Spurs.